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22 Jul

Agents of Hope | Suzy Silk

Note: This post was first written a few years ago. In the context of recent events, it is just as applicable today. Our lives and our city are often full of sorrow, disappointment, injustice, pain, and fear. I can think of so many examples of women (and men) I know who are wrestling with hope. A woman unable to get pregnant, despite her and her...

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24 Jun

Hate to Wait | Jessica Gravelle

Do you hate to wait? I know I do. It’s hard to wait and very easy to lose patience in the process. I tend to get impatient when waiting for trivial things like my order at Starbucks or a delayed subway train. But I also struggle with waiting for more significant things like the job promotion I feel I deserve or for depth and intimacy to form within a new group of friends. And...

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10 Jun

The Productivity of Prayer | Sarah Jane Shanks

“Well…all we can do is pray.” I’ll confess that I’ve said this a lot. And I heard it just last week. It’s usually accompanied by a smirk or a sigh or a shoulder shrug. The commonality of this phrase reveals my attitude toward prayer. It suggests that God is my back-up plan. Let’s exhaust all our strength and resources, then see if God is able...

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24 May

Rain, Rats, & Rescue | Meg Robbins

Living in the city has a way of bringing out the best and worst in me. One minute, I am joyful, super-navigator mom successfully schlepping 2 kids, a stroller, my Mary Poppins bag of snacks, drinks and entertainment, plus an out-of-town guest from our apartment all the way down to FiDi and onto the Staten Island Ferry for a glimpse of Lady Liberty. But when...

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17 May

Have You Ever Felt Not Enough? | Carrie Louer

   Have you ever felt. . .”not enough”?*  I have!  Since I’ve come to New York, and as I have compared myself to the competent and beautiful people I have met here (YOU), I have often been flooded with the “not enough” emotions.  I’m not smart enough. Young enough.  Skinny enough. Hip enough.  Funny enough.  Accomplished enough. Ending up on the short end of the comparison...

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11 May

Taste and See | Destinee McGinnis

I recently watched a new series on Netflix called, Cooked, by the food writer Michael Pollen. In the series he celebrates the primitive nature of cooking.  Through exhilarating cinematography and incredible storytelling we are deeply moved by the intrinsic nature of eating and its relation to the preparation of food. As I watched, salivating from the sights of slow-smoked swine and homemade bread, I fell deeply...

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04 May

Where Else Would I Go? | Lauren Mize

A few months ago I was really wrestling with the topic of suffering. It wasn’t so much a theological or scholarly question, but a deep, guttural “Where are you, God?” This is something I wrote at the time but was too afraid to share, fearing that people would think I had weak faith, especially for someone on staff at a church. But that is fear...

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26 Apr

Grace on Grace | Kelsey Dunn

The story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt has popped up everywhere in my life the last several months. From sermons to books to Suzy’s blog post last week, I can’t seem to escape it. Because this week is Passover, I figured I’d embrace this recurrent “theme” in my life and write about what God’s been showing me.    As I’ve seen the parallels between...

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19 Apr

Importance of Remembering | Suzy Silk

Later this week, Jewish people all across the world will be celebrating the holiday of Passover. This holiday commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and the many ways in which God rescued and redeemed His chosen people. It's a solemn and joyful holiday as family and friends gather around the dinner table to retell the Exodus story by reading, singing, eating, and drinking their way through...

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14 Apr

Confronting Powerlessness | Daniel Du

 I recently enjoyed a short but much needed weekend reunion with some of my old friends from college when I flew to Texas for a wedding. We got to reminisce and celebrate together. I got to catch up with people who care about me and support me. It was an environment where I truly felt loved and known. I was sitting in the airport waiting...

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08 Apr

A Better Way to Vent | Sarah Jane Shanks

Sometimes, you're following your Bible reading plan out of sheer obedience wondering how in the world to apply the Word. You mine that Scripture for wisdom, instruction, comfort, conviction. You ask the Spirit to unlock mysteries and reveal anything that reminds you who God is and what that means for your life. And sometimes, in the middle of Exodus, a God-breathed Word about Moses and...

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29 Mar

Celebrating Easter Every Day | Eric Gravelle

I'm writing this blog post on the morning of Easter.  King Jesus has risen and I feel my affections being moved for a God whose love is unmatched.  My son Andrew is almost 3 months old.  This is his first Easter.  I just finished reading the Jesus Storybook Bible to him.  Today's reading focused on the resurrection and the power of Jesus in conquering the...

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22 Mar

Asking the Question of Worth | Adrienne Minor

This city has a way of making you question a lot of things about yourself. In a sea of highly talented, highly successful people, it leaves you wondering if and how you measure up. Honestly, I am constantly evaluating myself. Am I ambitious enough? Funny enough? Pretty enough? Fashionable enough? Smart enough? Am I doing enough? Accomplishing enough? Similar questions arise in my spiritual life,...

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08 Mar

Leaving Well | Suzy Silk

Recently I had to exit from a team I had worked and served alongside for many years. Even though I was leaving because I was no longer thriving and felt that God was leading me in a new direction, I deeply respected my team members and leaders so I wanted to exit in the best way possible -- being honest and truthful, but also graceful...

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02 Mar

The Benefits of Black Mold | Kelsey Dunn

I’m currently gazing downtown from my bedroom window, and let me tell you, it feels like a minor miracle. I eagerly embraced the new year with hopeful expectations, but then came January 2nd with four broken radiators, a leaky roof, and a very soaked and moldy apartment. You guys, pictures actually peeled off our walls and candy cane ornaments melted onto our sheepskin rug. I love...

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24 Feb

Clearing the Junk from Our Hearts | Julie Naanes

Have you ever looked in the mirror and been startled? You think, “Whoa, where did those dark circles come from?” “When did my eyebrows get stuck in that scrunched up frown?” “Holy smokes, I’m pale…when did that happen?” It makes you take a double-take, doesn’t it? This happened to me this week. Only instead of seeing the reflection of my face, I was startled by the condition of...